Intel’s upcoming Skylake-EP platform CPUs aren’t expected to launch until mid-2017, but engineering samples of the upcoming flagship part, the Intel Xeon E5-2699 V5 is already beginning to show up on Chinese websites.
According to a recent listing on TaoBao, the Intel Xeon E5-2699 V5 will feature 32-cores and 64-threads which appears to be a direct response to AMD’s upcoming Zen architecture based Naples server platform which will feature 32-cores and 64-threads as well. Intel’s current generation Xeon E5-2699 V4 features just 22-cores and 44-threads. The Intel Xeon E5-2699 V5 ES chip also shows a frequency of 2.10GHz, which is 100MHz lower than the Xeon E5-2699 V4.
Few other details of the upcoming chip have been shared at this time. As it’s expected to utilize Intel’s upcoming LGA 3647 socket, we can see that the chip is massive in size.
TaoBao has the ES chip listed at ¥26500 Chinese Yuan, which translates to ~$3846 USD. Of course, actual pricing once the chip is launched should be very different. The current generation Xeon E5-2699 V4 carries a MSRP of $4115.